Dantz Development Corp. today made the announcement that so many Mac OS X converts have been hoping for since Apple began shipping the operating system more than a year ago: Retrospect Backup 5, the popular backup and restore software — is now shipping. Retrospect Backup 5 is the first release version to support Mac OS X (Mac OS 9 continues to be supported as well).
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Retrospect Backup 5 is offered in four different editions: Retrospect Express Backup, designed for personal backup to hard disk or local removable or optical drive; Retrospect Desktop Backup, designed for a single workstation, with support for tape drives, and capable of backing up a small LAN with Retrospect Clients software; Retrospect Workgroup Backup, with advanced capabilities for LAN-based workgroups; and Retrospect Server Backup, designed to meet the needs of larger networks.
Noting that almost all new Macs ship with a writeable optical drive of some type or another, Dantz vice president of marketing Tony Barbagallo added, “To take full advantage of the potential of these drives, users need equally reliable backup and restore software. Dantz Retrospect Backup v5.0 is the backup strategy that Mac users need, and it supports the storage hardware that they already own.”
Dantz noted that Retrospect Backup 5 backs up and restores all Mac OS X files and info — metadata, UNIX-style permissions and group ownership, and hard-linked files. In addition to extensive support for optical drives, Retrospect Backup 5 continues to support a wide range of tape drives and libraries, removable cartridge drives, hard disks and more.
Users can also set up automatic scheduling, and Retrospect Backlup also supports client backups across a network.
The English version of Retrospect Backup 5 is shipping to distributors now; it should be available in retail by the first week of April. Upgrades are — for the first time — being offered through catalogs and resellers too. You can also order through Dantz’s online store.
Dantz said that French, German and Japanese versions will be released during the second quarter. International customers can buy the English edition now, and get a free upgrade to their localized language edition once it becomes available.
Edition upgrade are also available for users who want to migrate to Retrospect Workgroup Backup and Retrospect Server Backup. Check the Web site for more info.